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Fable 2 is a fantasy RPG that is the sequel to the original game that appeared on the first Xbox. In it, you play a young adventurer caught up in an epic battle between the forces of good and evil whilst having to make choices that affect your morality. These choices have dire ramifications.....for make the wrong decision, stray to The Dark Side and it can affect your appearance. But do not worry because you do not make this troubled journey alone.....your faithful companion through all your adventures is a dog, an adopted pet, whom you save as a young puppy and who follows you everywhere helping you to find treasure and jumping in to bite the ankles of your enemy when you are threatened.
I am not going to go too much into the specifics of Fable 2 here because I have largely described them already in my previous review that dealt with the game proper. Instead here I want to discuss the extra downloadable content that accompanies this version of the game and talk about what, if anything, this adds to the game....
You get both extra downloadable mission packs here as part of this Game Of The Year package; Knothole Island and See The Future which are both seperately available on Xbox Live. I chose to sell my original version of the game and buy this instead rather than downloading the extra content as I had heard mixed reviews and now, having played both sets of extra content, am quite glad I did! Whilst See The Future is extremely short-lived (and the cheapest of the two DLC packs) it is quite fun and adds something to the game but Knothole Island quickly becomes repetetive and serves only to bring back your faithful companion should you have made the decision to sacrifice him in the main storyline!
See The Future sees the return of travelling salesman, Murgo, who sold you the original music box in Fable 2 that set events in motion. This time he has a cursed snowglobe for your perusal (amongst other items such as new clothing etc that you can purchase) which, when activated, traps you inside in a whole new dimension. Solving the quests in this new realm opens up The Colosseum which is a variation on The Crucible in the main game and sees you taking on a series of enemies within a limited time frame in order to win prizes. But solving the quests also presents an opportunity for Zoe Wannamaker to return and give you a glimpse of the future of your character and an insight into what lays in store for Fable 3!
In Knothole Island, you are given an opportunity to travel by Submarine to this cursed isle where the inhabitants are being troubled by erratic weather conditions. Solving this new series of quests also unlocks new costumes and items but quickly follow a familiar pattern! Lets just say if you hated the Flit switches from the original story missions (small balls that you must hit with a combination of sword, gun and spell to activate doors and gateways) then this mission pack is really going to p*** you off! I know it did me!!
Basically if you don't own Fable 2 already then it is worth picking this up. If you have and have completed the main storyline then the DLC does not really add much to your gameplay. Neither mission pack is paticulary long (though Knothole feels a lot longer because of those damn Flit switches!) and I felt as though I gained little from playing them save earning a couple new achievments such as one for opening all the Albion Demon Doors which really should've been in the original game!
If you do insist on having the extra content, then this is the best way to go rather than downloading as you can pick this edition up for a reasonable price on Ebay and I got it for £8 out of my local second-hand computer game shop. But be warned, theres a reason why this is reassuringly inexpensive...it is mediocre at best with only a few bonus features for dedicated Fablers!
Fable 2 was good. Not brilliant, not perfect but good. The Dlc is distinctly average at best. All I can say about this Game Of The Year edition is that at least you get it all in one pack but I'm not sure it is entirely worth playing!
The sequel to one of the best action role-playing games developed by Lionhead Studios, Fable 2 takes place in the land of Albion 500 years after the first game. Times have changed and so has the story. Where in the original Fable it was small settlements and towns, there is now large castles and cities in their place. There are fewer locations than the original, however the locations that are still there have been expanded upon so the game still feels quite big.
The best thing about this game is from the start you get to choose to be male or female, most game creators are finally coming to realise that girls do actually play these games as well.
The gameplay is fantastic, there is so much to do. The most obvious thing to do is of course complete the main story, but aside from that there are tonnes of side quests, jobs to do, relationships to forge, families to look after, and other games to be played. I'm not going to go into detail about the plot of the story, just in case there are actually people out there who haven't played the game.
There are many side quests that will earn you more renown points, and objects to be collected around Albion which will earn you achievements, and extra's within the game. Such as finding the 50 Silver Keys, and destroying 50 loud mouthed Goblins.
There are so many places to explore, dungeons, tombs, caves, vast open countryside, forests and beaches, there are also dig spots which your dog will help you find, and a shed load of treasure chests which hold goodies ranging from puny carrots, to condoms, to ruby's and diamonds. Yes you read correctly, condoms. Fable 2 allows the player to develop relationships, whether they be straight or same sex relationships with other characters in game, and to create families. Condoms are in the game obviously for safe sex, if you don't use one, you run a chance of contracting an STI...oh yes, just like real life. You can even have orgies! OOOoo Matron!!
You can also purchase property in Fable 2, which will earn you money, and its up to you whether you want to be a nice landlord, or a bit of a tyrant and charge residents double or even triple the rent! Doing so will make your character more evil, lowering the rent will make you more pure.
The good thing, is once you have completed the game, there is still a lot left for you to do, the game isn't just over. Throughout the whole game, the choices you make and things you do will either result in you gaining or losing karma, making you good or evil, which in turn changes your appearance. If you become evil, you start to grow devil horns, if you become really good, you guessed it, you start to get a halo above your head.
Unlike the original fable, players don't receive money for doing quests, you only gain "renown", so the money you need to buy weapons, outfits etc is earned from doing jobs around Albion. The jobs that can be done are ; Blacksmith, Woodcutter, Bartender, Assassin, Slaving and Bounty Hunting. The blacksmith, bartender and woodcutter jobs are the easiest, where in the player just has to press the A button at certain times in combo to level up, the more stars you level up to in the job the more money you will earn. The other 3 are combat related jobs. Certain jobs only become available when you have enough renown points which you gain from the quests.
The best thing about Fable 2 is that it has Co-Operative play, whether you want to play with one of your friends on the same xbox, or you want to hook up with some people over Xbox Live, you can share weapons, gold or stories of your travels through Albion. You can drop in and out pretty smoothly. The only downside is that you can't take your Fable 2 character across to somebody else's game.
The graphics aren't actually that bad, they can be a little slow sometimes when there is a lot going on, i.e you're fighting a whole pack of Balverines, but apart from that they're pretty darn impressive. The views around Bower Lake are especially beautiful.
Sound is good, nothing to complain about here, I love the variety of accents and noises you hear while wandering through Bowerstone Market, "alright my lover" "you're face looks like a dogs arse" the people of Albion are mainly common folk, and I love it!
The game in my opinion has great longevity, especially with the downloadable content. Like I said earlier, once you have completed the main quest that isn't the end of the game. There is still money to be maid, other quests to be completed, and jobs to be done.
Downloadable Content :
All of the downloadable content is available on this game of the year edition of Fable 2, which you can pick up pretty cheaply from your local game retailer.
The first DLC for Fable 2 was "Knothole Island", it includes the ability to bring back your dog from the dead by sacrifice. It features a new map, new items and new quests, along with 3 new achievements worth 100g. It retailed on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 Microsoft points.
The second DLC was "See the Future", it includes the ability to change your dog's breed and features a quest based around 3 cursed items from Murgo the Trader who can be found at the docks in Bowerstone Market. In addition to these new quests and items, it includes 13 new achievements worth 250g. It retailed on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 560 Microsoft points.
I didn't know quite what to expect when I started playing Fable 2 as I had never played the first Fable game. I wasn't sure if I would be missing part of the storyline and it would ruin my experience but this game stands alone fine.
Fable 2 is set in the town of Albion. You start off as a child and throughout the progression of the game you grow into a young adult. It is a free roaming game so you can take whichever direction you want. You can be a man or a woman. You can be good or evil. You can buy property and rent it out. You can marry and have children or you can just run around with your dog and complete quests. Every decision you make affects what kind of person you will turn into when you grow up and how the town you live in will change around you. For every choice there is a consequence.
There is also a co-op mode on this game where someone in the same room as you can play alongside you or you can do it over Xbox Live. I played some of it with my friend and some of it on my own as your 'guest' player can hop in and out as an when they like. It was a little frustrating playing co-op on the same screen as there isn't a split screen option, you share the same screen, so when one of you is walking faster than other it can be a bit of nuisance trying to see where you are going. I wouldn't want to play the whole game co-op but it's nice to have the option of jumping in and out.
The graphics look fantastic, everything seems to have been done so detailed and it has a really nice feel to the whole game. All the landscape has been very well designed.
For the fights you can use lots of different combat styles, from swords to crossbows and guns.
One of the best parts of the game for me was having a little companion in the form of a dog. He goes everywhere with you, helping you on missions, looking after you and generally being the best dog in Albion. This was a great touch to the game.
I was so pleasantly surprised by this game. I thought I would play on it for a few hours and then move onto something else. Instead, I played the whole game through in a couple of days even preferring to stay in on my own and play this than going to my friends. Sad I know but a great indication of how involving and addictive this game is.
Even when you have finished the main storyline you can still carry on playing all the side missions.
Fable 3 is due to be released Autumn 2010 so get this one played now, especially now it's on Game Of The Year Edition. It could end up being the best £20 you spend on a game for a while.
Fable 2 is a great game, it give the player hours of game play and even allows them to choose their own path whether it be good or evil, there are a number of quests that the player has to go through to complete the game some are much harder than others.
One of the main things that I like with the game is that they player gets to decided, this includes the appearance on the route in life that is taken even the ways in which that they make money whether it be bar work or chopping logs. The other is that there is a online option, this allows a friend to be able to help you with the quests that you are taking as well as you being able to help them with theirs.
Once the game is complete there is no reason for the player to stop playing as they are then able to do extra achievements that are worth gamer points, this includes buying more properties and even the castle.
Overall a really fun game to play.
I got this game given to me for a present at Christmas time and for about two weeks I didn't go outside from my house, except from when I was being dragged kicking and screaming out of the range of the wireless controller.
Having played and loved the original fable, I was really excited when I heard that they were making a sequel, and only the fact that I didn't own an Xbox 360 kept me from running out and buying Fable 2 the second that it hit the shops. That said, if I hadn't waited I wouldn't have been given the game of the year version. Basically, it's the original game plus all of the downloadable content (See the Future and Knothole Island), which mostly starts where the main game finishes. This means if you bought the original edition you don't have to miss out, however if you don't have the original Fable 2 just go ahead and buy the game of the year edition, I think it'll work out cheaper than downloading the extras.
Fable 2 is set in Albion 500 years after the first game, so it doesn't matter if you never played the original. They do make some references to the hero from Fable, but not getting them doesn't effect your enjoyment of the game. This time you have a choice whether or not to play as a man or a woman which gives an interesting dimension to the story, and encourages you to play the game a few times. You also have a companion, man- or woman's- best friend, who if you are like me you will end up getting unreasonably attached to. He helps you find buried items, fights for you and does tricks, and unlike companions in other games, he never gets in your way.
Once again in Fable you have the choice to be the hero or the villain, and these choices will affect your appearance, and the way you are treated throughout the game. Basically, be good and get a halo, be bad and get horns. If only it were that obvious in real life. You also have the choice over your clothes, hair, facial hair and body art, plus you need to remember to eat well or you'll get fat. There are a couple of other things that will affect the way you look too, but I won't spoil the fun by telling you what they are.
Like the original game you have the option of getting married, raising a family or simply screwing around with prostitutes. They even have STDs and condoms in this game! Polygamy is completely possible, just don't get caught. However, it's definitely worth having a family, if only for the bit near the end of the game. You also have the option of owning a huge amount of real estate and renting it out for extra money, which considering the price of some of your weapons comes in darn handy. You can also get yourself a job as a blacksmith, woodcutter or barman all off which will put food on your family's table. There's also money to be made as a gambler, slaver or assassin or by sacrificing the villagers in the temple. Fun!
Where Fable 2 really shines over Fable is the size of the world. Fable 2 is so much bigger, with loads of little side-quests to complete. Whilst the silver keys and demon doors from the first game are present there are also the rude gargoyle statues to hunt down and destroy, which for some reason sound a bit like Rab C. Nesbit. These can be difficult to find but exceedingly satisfying to destroy, especially when they're right in the middle of saying something like "you couldny hit a barn door."
The appearance of the game is really nice, Lionhead studios who make the product really know how to do grotty well. The game play in Fable 2 is nice, and apart from a few issues with the cameras, it runs really smoothly. I enjoyed the fighting, with the option of ranged weapons, melee weapons and magic. Using all three in combination is great fun, plus it boosts your combat multiplier. Because Fable two is set later than Fable you have access to guns this time round, which are brilliant fun, especially picking enemies off at a distance. The combat itself is very fluid, with some fun combinations as well. It's particularly satisfying to mow your way through a huge crowd of hobbes, and then pick off the rest with a rifle. Just don't forget that you will need time to load your gun.
Like the first game, your character never speaks in cut scenes or during the game. Which seems more noticeable in Fable 2 because of some of the great vocal talent they make use of, such as Julia Swalha, Zoë Wanamaker and Stephen Fry. Communication is done using the expression wheel allowing you to snarl, fart, burp, dance and juggle. Just don't try this at home, people go off you if you continually belch at them. You can also make your dog do tricks. The expression wheel is fun for a while, but it does become a little monotonous after a while. It might be nice to hear your characters opinions once in a while.
One major weakness of this game is that most of the enemies you fight are very samey. Sure you've got a few trolls and banshees, but for the most part its bandits, hobbes and balverines the whole way through. In a fantasy world there's not really an excuse to be so limited. Hopefully by the time Fable 3 comes out they'll have added a few more baddies.
All in all though I do love this game and would happily recommend it to everyone, particularly if you enjoyed the first one.